Smuggler’s Reckless Act Endangers Lives
LAREDO, TEXAS – Border Patrol agents assigned to the Laredo North Station prevented a human smuggling attempt following a smuggler’s reckless act near a city park in northwest Laredo.
The incident began during the late afternoon of September 15, when agents acted on a report of several individuals crossing the Rio Grande River into Father McNaboe Park. Agents observed a white pickup truck attempt to pick up the individuals and abscond from the area. Three individuals were quickly apprehended before they could get into the vehicle.
The vehicle traveled west on Flecha Lane and came to a stop in an attempt to bailout. As agents approached, the driver and individuals loaded back into the vehicle in an effort to avoid apprehension. The driver drove into a nearby commercial yard and recklessly drove off a washout and fled the area on foot.
Agents apprehended two more individuals at the accident site who required medical attention. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) were requested to transport one of them to the nearest hospital due to injuries sustained in the accident. All individuals were determined to be in the United States illegally and from the country of Mexico. The vehicle was impounded by the Laredo Police Department.
Despite the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, smugglers continue to show little or no regard for the life and safety of the people they exploit for profit or for our Nation. Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents will continue to keep our country and communities safe as they strive to uphold the agency’s Core Values of Vigilance, Service, and Integrity.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.